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Jesus was the ultimate fisherman

20/06/2019 Posted by admin

As my wife and I settle into life in the Wimmera, we can’t help but notice that fishing is a favourite leisure-time activity.
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This area is home base for so many ‘tinnies’ – of various sizes and specifications. Being a ‘mad keen fisherman,’ I applaud and fully agree, fishing is fabulous.That is not to say I am any good at fishing: it seems fish and I have an arrangement that they are never where I am, and I am never where they are biting.

Regardless of my lack of success, I still love the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and ‘drop a line’ somewhere.

The Bible tells us of a special fisherman, Jesus Christ.

For a man who grew up in dusty Palestine and trained as a carpenter, Jesus was an extraordinary fisherman. Matthew and Mark’s Gospels both tell of a very successful fishing trip he went on, a trip that he is still on to this day.

I want to share with you a story about the ones that did not get away.

At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he was walking along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee when he spotted two brothers, Andrew and Simon Peter out fishing. He boldly said to them; “Follow me and I will make you fish for people”.

That command might sound weird to our ears but the brother’s response was simply amazing. They obeyed and immediately followed. No stalling, no umming or ahhhing;these brothers simply dropped their nets and followed.

And further along the shoreline Jesus did the same thing to another pair of brothers, James and John with the same result: Jesus calledthem, and they immediately dropped what they were doing and followed.

Wow! That’s some fishing technique, because this was even before the four had seen Jesus at work healing, preaching and performing miracles all over the countryside.

What it demonstrates is that, if and when Jesus calls you to follow, He does not miss and He will not give in till you are caught, until you follow Him.

Pastor Geoff Schefe, minister at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church,Horsham writes on behalf of the Horsham Christian Ministers Association. This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Service comes to end

20/06/2019 Posted by admin

PROUD: Palliative Care Tasmania program manager for Northern Tasmania Sharon King says she is proud of what the organisation has achieved. Picture: Tamara McDonaldAfter months of fighting to secure funding failed, Palliative Care Tasmania will cease services ina matter of weeks.
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The four remaining staff members’ contracts will end in coming weeks.PCT general manager Colleen Johnstone will be the last to leave, and will finish up on February 15.

The service provides end of life education to Tasmanians statewide, and gages community concern about end of life care.

Program manager for Northern TasmaniaSharon King, whose role covers the North and North-West, said discovering different cultures’ and religions’ customs was enlightening.

Ms King started work with PCT about two years ago, beginning her role with experience as an allied health professional. Educating vulnerable communities has been particularly rewarding, shesaid.

“People like in the LGBTI community, there’s specific considerations we might need to take a look at, suchas estranged families [that] can cause alot of anxiety at end of life,” shesaid.

Ms King said Tasmania’s communities were incredibly diverse and had different needs. PCT consultationled to providing services ranging from palliative care beds atGeorge Town to art therapy atDeloraine, she said.She said there was anxiety within the sector about who would fill the gap, and still community confusionabout the definition of palliative care.

Ms King said PCT was “quietly confident” that a state parliamentary inquiry into palliative carewould put forward positive recommendations for PCT. She said she hoped to keep the door open to be able to continue educating in palliative care.

“I think we’re really proud of what we have achieved, and we’re just disappointed and sad to see this ending,” she said.

But Ms King said without her “great manager” Ms Johnstone’s persistence, the service would have had to wrap up in June.

PCT acquired federal governmentfunding as part of the Better Access to Palliative Care funding from June 2012. Funding was due to end inJune 2016 but was extended to September lastyear.PCT then worked on short-term projectsand hasapproached the state government forfunding. A state government spokeswoman said the state government had “worked constructively” with PCT since their federal funding ended andwould “continue to investigate opportunities” to support them.

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Rich indigenous cultural heritage in the Upper Hunter

20/06/2019 Posted by admin

LOCAL aboriginal artists and arts organisations are encouraged to apply for NSW Government funding to support their projects.
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Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said the NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund was for projects in remote and regional NSW that encourage Aboriginal people to explore and express their cultural identities.

“I urge all our local Aboriginal artists and arts organisations to apply for this funding, which will allow them to share their stories and skills with their communities,” he said.

“This is well-targeted support to build the skills, capacity and professional development of Aboriginal artists and arts organisations as well as create a diversity of stories and contemporary artworks which speak to local communities.”

The NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund offers up to $5000 for individual professional artists and up to $20,000 for organisations.

Mr Johnsen said the NSW Government was proud to support a vibrant, distinctive and contemporary Aboriginal arts and culture across NSW.

The fund supports projects that:

* Enable Aboriginal communities in regional NSW to explore and express their cultural identities;

* Engage and promote regional Aboriginal artists, arts and culture in NSW;

* Encourage people to engage with Aboriginal arts and cultures;

* Build the capacity and sustainability of Aboriginal arts organisations in regional NSW; and

* Increase skills development opportunities for Aboriginal artists in regional NSW.

“Last year the fund supported 15 striking projects including painting, carving and fibre workshops across the state,” Mr Johnsen said.

“With our rich indigenous cultural heritage here in the Upper Hunter, I strongly encourage our local artists and art societies to apply for this funding, and highlight our wonderful, contemporary indigenous art.”

Applications close on February 27.

For more information, visit 梧桐夜网arts.nsw.gov419论坛

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Air route open for new players

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Creating competition: NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance at a sod turning ceremony at Merimbula Airport where he announced the deregulation of the Merimbula – Sydney route. Themonopoly enjoyed by Regional Express (Rex) on its Merimbula to Sydney route will be removed in the coming weeks.
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Member for Bega and NSW Minister for TransportAndrew Constance announced Monday he will be signing the paperwork later this week to allow for more competition on the 35,000 passenger a year route.

Mr Constancefirst expressed his intentions to deregulate the route in December 2015and said he has been working hard for the past year to make it happen.

“It’s important for people to understand in terms of deregulation, what it does is drive down the cost of business for the regional airlines, and often in reducing their red tape it should mean a flow on to customers,” Mr Constance said.

“At the same time a bit of competition is a healthy thing and with the enormous opportunities out of Canberra’s international airlines, linkages in terms of regional air services will become increasingly of greater demand for our visitor economy as well.”

As part of his plans for regional airports Mr Constance is also calling on the federal government to amend the Sydney Airport Management Act to allow more regional flights into Kingsford Smith.

“There is no reason why they can’t lift the cap to exclusively provide more slots for regional airlines. That enables the regional airlines to better use their existing fleet, it enables regional airlines to fly to better timetables and it doesn’t have any impact to any of those communities under flight paths,” he said.

Mr Constance said he has already met with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and is hoping to meet withShadow Minister for Transport and InfrastructureAnthony Albanese to ensure there is bipartisan support for his plan to see thecap lifted from 80 to 85.

“My message to Canberra is we can’t wait, we need the slots now,” he said.“With the state investing tens of millions of dollars in the infrastructure…Canberra needs to come to the party and open those opportunities.”

When questioned about whether there are any plans to allow for Canberra to Merimbula flights, Mr Constance remained positive.

“I’ve already had one local operatortalk to me about flights to Canberra. Ultimately it will be up to the market to determine that, if the demand is there why wouldn’t you take a potentially 25 minute flight across the escarpment down to this beautiful part of the globe?” Mr Constance said.

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Call for fast action after blackout

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Concerned: Residents who live in the Lakeside Woods Estate at Lake Cathie said they are fed up with having a third world power supply. They want Essential Energy to act more efficiently.Lake Cathie residents are voicing their concerns after they were left without electricity, internet or phone services for up to 30 hours over the weekend.
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About 1000 Lake Cathie customers were affected by an unplanned power outage at about 2pm on January 14 after a storm.

Essential Energy North Coast community relations manager Rachel Hussell said power was restored to all but 161 customers later that night.

A generator was sourced to restore power to the 161 customers on January 15 and the last customers were connectedat 9.30pm.

Julia and Charles Watkins live on Shearwater Court said that they are disappointed with the amount of time it took for Essential Energy to respond to the incident.

The couple’s house normally runs off solar power and they are concerned they will be issued with a large bill to pay for the electricitythey are using, due to a generator provided by Essential Energy.

Rod Streeter lives on Lakeside Way and said his family is often required to carry around torches and candles.

The residents said they want to be better informed if there is a power outage.

One resident said many residents weren’tnotified.They said without phone coverage they are literally being ‘left in the dark’ about the situation.

Mr Streeter’s wife Deb runs a business from home and relies on access to internet and power to operate. Mrs Streeter said that she is potentially losing thousands of dollars due to thelack of essential services.

Rachel Hussell said Essential Energy crews responded immediately on January 14 and located an underground fault.

As a general rule, shesaid, it is not Essential Energy’s policy to supply alternative generation during an outage.

“The company encourages all customers to have a contingency plan for when the power does goes out, either during a storm or for planned work,” she said.

Essential Energy crews are continuing with repairs.

Ms Hussell said extra testing of the underground cable is being undertaken to reduce the risk of further disruptions to the power supply.

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